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Program Development Unit Manager, WV Somalia

World Vision
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

  • Degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Development Management or Degree in any relevant Social Sciences with experience in Program Development.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation in a complex humanitarian context in a diversity of context and locations (global experience in at least two continents is preferred).
  • Previous management experience of multi-cultural teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience in writing proposals, project documentation, reporting, program information for donors and the World Vision/partnership.
  • Familiarity with institutional grant compliance and procedures (BHA, EU, GAC, DFAT etc.)
  • Capacity to provide solid leadership and decision-making skills for efficient and effective program implementation.
  • Strong problem solving, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work with different partners, local authorities, local organizations and NGOs, to develop and maintain positive relationships.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian industry including sphere standards, HAP, NGO code of conduct and humanitarian charter.
  • Experience in staff security and safety management for humanitarian organizations in complex and insecure environments is a must.
  • Very strong organizational, management and communication skills.
  • Strong writer with computer proficiency.
  • Excellent English.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills.
  • Must adhere to set security standards.
  • Ensure a gender perspective in the scope of work.
  • Culturally sensitive in professional and personal life.


  • Active coordination and participation of PDU in cluster forums, donor events and other WV programs related forums with key stakeholders such as technical leads and operation staff.
  • Sector engagement strategies developed and implemented in collaboration with technical team.
  • Achievements, lesson learnt and best practices of WVS was shared to both internal and external stakeholders in coordination, donor events and other WV programs related occasions by PDU.
  • Donor strategies and emerging funding opportunities at overseas (support office), national and local level are traced with the support of TA and Operation team.
  • Good working relationship with donors (bilateral & multilaterals, UN/NGO partners and support offices is maintained to cultivate influencing environment and seek out partnerships/ alliances with peer organization.
  • Capacity of PO and key field-level staff in donor engagement and pre-positioning techniques enhanced.
  • Support Partnering Coordinator to ensure scope and vet potential partners in good time to enable strategic partnership in pursuing opportunities and promote localization.
  • Success stories are shared with communications and donors/ SOs to enhance the visibility of programming.
  • Poor project progress, unsatisfied implementation quality and donor compliance challenge are flagged to both internal and external stakeholders including but not limited to QA, Ops Managers, and donors in a timely manner.
  • WV Staff are aware of and able to implement policies and procedures that adhere to WV partnerships and donors regulations through capacity building, refreshing workshop and day-to-day guidance.
  • RACI and strategy related to resource acquisition and grant management (i.e. proposal development, project kick-start, reporting) is developed in cooperation with key stakeholders to ensure smooth business process and minimize risk.
  • Resource mobilization opportunities in alignment with WVS strategy and capacity are anticipated and pursued.
  • Opportunities tracking and grant management tools are developed, maintained and improved to allow trends analysis and facilitate decision making/ donor engagement strategy formulation.
  • Donor intelligence is gather through every possible channels through different stakeholders (i.e. TA, Ops), including but not limited to cluster meetings, donor events, engagement meetings, calls tracking.
  • Efficient and effective proposal development process is in place in collaboration with Quality Assurance & Strategy, Finance, Tech Team Unit and external stakeholders, ensuring quality project design in pursuit of National Office strategic objectives.
  • Project designs are of highest technical quality, incorporate learning, align WV/international standards, promote integration and support program structure.
  • POs are supported in the development of program designs and proposals/concept papers through collaborative and cross functional team approach to ensure proposals/ concept notes are of high quality and submitted on time.
  • Learning, emerging innovations, and best practices from project evaluations, reports and research conducted internally and acquired externally from other agencies/ donors are applied new proposals and project design.
  • Robust linkages and networks are established with key resilience actors and leading NGOs to gather donor intelligence and build collaborative relationship.
  • Both narrative and financial reports are submitted in a timely fashion and are of the highest quality and standard.
  • Best practice and success stories for learning and marketing purposes are identified and documented.
  • Good quality staff are attracted, retained and developed in the organization.
  • Effective line management and coaching to Program officer, ensuring a shared vision, team work, effective communication and active engagement in decision-making and coordination approaches.
  • Effective people management systems are in place, monitored, and in-use.
  • Staff grievances and disciplinary action are addressed in a timely manner in alignment with WV policy.
  • An atmosphere of mentorships, especially for local Somali staff is cultivated.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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